I had another doctor's appointment last Friday. My main reason for the visit was a glucose test for gestational diabetes. I was used to everyone being tested for diabetes in the states. Here they only test if they suspect you may have it. Apparently, I am large (as in the baby is large) and I have quite a bit of amniotic fluid, which can also be a sign. I do not have gestational diabetes.
What I do seem to have is a BIG BABY. I was told, based on the ultrasound, that the baby was about 6 lbs, 10 oz. At the time, I thought, that's a big baby for not quite 33 weeks, since I've had friends who gave birth to full term babies that were smaller than that. Then, I received my email for 33 weeks from baby center (for those of you who don't know, you can sign up for emails to be sent out every week of your pregnancy and into childhood.) According to that email, my baby should be just over 4 lbs at 33 weeks. BIG BABY. I know that the size prediction of the baby can be wrong. The midwives were wrong with Ashlyn, but they just kind of felt my belly. I'm feeling like this seems more correct because it was based on an ultrasound. We'll see. Any guesses?
I saw one of the doctors that I've complained about before, but I'd thought it was lack of communication that was a problem. Her English is fine. I just don't like her. She had me feeling quite stressed about the diabetes test, so that I was afraid to ask any more questions. I felt like I had done something wrong that they were testing me. This time, she started asking me whether I had discussed labor with any other doctors. I told her a little, and I planned to have a c-section this time. She proceeded to tell me all of the risks with having a c-section. I was almost in tears, not from the risks, but because I felt like she was trying to talk me into a vaginal delivery. I kept saying "I still want to have a c-section." I do want to know the risks. I've had multiple doctors in the US tell me all the risks I would face if I had another vaginal birth, and they all told me they did not recommend that route. Some of the risks she was mentioning for a c-section are also risks for a vaginal birth. Would she be telling me these risks in that case? Probably not, because we aren't supposed to scare women before they have babies, unless they are having a c-section, that is. I am not opting for a c-section because it is convenient or because I want to avoid the pain of labor. I do want to feel that I have a doctor who is on my side, my advocate.
I find it very frustrating that I just see whoever happens to be there that day. I have another appointment in 2 weeks (not quite that long since I am slow posting.) Surely I will not see the same doctor 3 visits in a row! And, for those of you who have been asking, at that appointment I should be scheduling a date for this baby to be born, risks and all.